There are e-commerce platform alternatives to Shopify with similar functions in 2022.
According to an article in Forbes, the best alternatives are Shift4Shop, BigCommerce, Squarespace, Wix, and Ecwid.
Shift4Shop, which is $29 a month, has a monthly payment processor with no monthly fee, and you only pay the standard credit card processing fees. However, if you use a separate payment processor, fees start at $29 per month.
The website builder is simple to use, and the pros are that it includes a free domain name, 24/7 support, and special deals if you switch from another platform.
A negative is that it is not as customizable unless you use HTML or CSS.
BigCommerce is $29.95 a month and easy to use, and includes a native blog and multiple currencies. The pros include selling on various sales channels and using tools such as coupons, discounts, and gift cards.
Negatives are that you must pay for abandoned cart recovery and that many themes are similar.
Another option, according to the report, is Wix which is $27 per month and includes abandoned cart recovery, social selling, and 24/7 customer support. You can get a free domain name when paying yearly for a premium plan starting at $27 per month.
Pros include a fantastic drag-and-drop store builder, over 800 free templates, and a $300 ad voucher when paying annually. A negative is that the free plan does not allow for accepting online payments.
Another option is Ecwide which is free or $12.50 per month and can integrate with WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and Joomla. Pros include turning an existing website into a store and getting unlimited bandwidth.
Negatives include no support for the free plan and must have a business plan or higher for custom orders.
The Forbes article also lists Squarespace, which is $14 per month with 24/7 support and a free custom domain for the first year. Pros include that some plans have no transaction fees, quality free templates, SEO features, and dropshipping integrations.
Negatives listed include a limit of 30 minutes of video storage and that you must have a Business plan or higher for e-commerce features.
Ariel Ben Solomon is the Growth and Strategy manager at Ecomhunt. He is the host of the Ecomhunt Podcast. Can be followed on Twitter at @ArielBenSolomon